Manchester United are willing to join Arsenal in the race for the £37m-Rated Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler.
According to a report today in Mirror, Arsenal are still favourites for his signature and are willing to wait till the summer to sign the German prodigy, who is being hearalded as one of the best talents to come out of Germany in recent times.
The Red Devils are looking to completely revamp their squad in the summer and Draxler’s acquisition will be a step in the right direction.
Club scouts have watched the 20-year-old five times this season with a view to pursuing a move for him next summer.
United boss David Moyes has been an admirer of Draxler for more than two years and hopes that a deal can be struck with Schalke despite interest also coming from a number of top European clubs.
However, David Moyes will face some tough competition from Arsene Wenger who is very keen on the 20-year-old and with his new found financial stability, is willing to pay his release clause when it is activated this summer. Wenger is willing to convert the attacking midfielder into a central striker in the same ilk as the likes of Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie, who have both been a revelation under Wenger.
With United currently struggling in the league, the deal is likely to hinge on their ability to qualify for the Champions League, with the Red Devils currently in seventh position, 14 points adrift of league leaders Arsenal.
Arsenal – who made an enquiry over the Germany international in the summer – are thought to be monitoring the situation, with Chelsea also considering a bid. Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus and Inter have also all been linked to the Gladbeck-born youngster.
Draxler’s preferred option is a move to La Liga but he would also entertain the idea of playing for a Premier League giant if he feels that a move is right for him.
In an interview last year, the midfielder revealed that he will be willing to move to either of United or Arsenal as they are among the best clubs in the world.
“You don’t have to be playing for the very top clubs in Europe to draw attention to yourself, but if you want to achieve the great goals that the world-class players have, then one of them is playing at the biggest clubs in the world, Draxler said.
The German rejected a pre-contract approach from Chelsea during the summer transfer window and it is thought in Germany that he will look at potential moves following this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.